The Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program is a collaborative partnership between DHS’s Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) and the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD). This program, funded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, or other related disabilities, to move out of intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and into their own homes or apartments in the community of their choice. Individuals living in nursing homes may also qualify. MFP grant funding (which CDD worked with the IME to obtain) provides for transition services and enhanced supports needed for the first year after an individual moves into the community. Under a contract with IME, nine Transition Specialists from CDD are deployed throughout the state to provide transition planning services, community options awareness, training, and ongoing support and care coordination to individuals with disabilities, their families and facility-based and community-based providers.
In addition CDD has employed an Employment Specialist to address employment barriers faced by MFP participants. CDD also employs a MFP Project Coordinator stationed at IME. This position provides oversight for the statewide project and coordinates the grant related activities. CDD also employs a Behavioral Specialist to provide training and consultation to providers, consumers and families who are assisting a person that may be experiencing challenging behaviors. Go to Positive Behavioral Supports Training to learn more.
Four individuals who have made successful transitions to community living through Money Follows the Person share their experiences in a brief video below, titled "Partnership for Community Integration." In the video, they share stories about their new homes, jobs, and activities; their challenges and achievements.
For more information, please contact:
Iowa Medicaid Enterprise
Money Follows the Person Program Manager
Center for Disabilities and Development